By Ajith Fernando

So much Bible commentaries take us on a one-way journey from the 20 th century to the 1st century. yet they depart us there, assuming that we will in some way make the go back trip on our personal. In different phrases, they specialize in the unique which means of the passage yet do not talk about its modern program. the knowledge they provide is efficacious -- however the task is barely part performed! The NIV software statement sequence is helping us with either halves of the interpretive activity. This new and distinct sequence exhibits readers how one can carry an historic message into glossy context. It explains not just what the Bible capacity but additionally the way it can converse powerfully this present day.

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Moody and R. A. Torrey emphasized power for service, especially for witness, as the result of this baptism. 19 But Lloyd-Jones seems to have left room for subsequent baptisms with the Holy Spirit. In fact, he seems to use this expression also to refer to what we usually call revival, when the power of God 16. See James D. G. Dunn, Baptism in the Holy Spirit (London: SCM, 1970); Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994), 763–87; Frederick Dale Bruner, A Theology of the Holy Spirit, (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1970); John R.

3After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. ” 7He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. ” ACTS 1 INTRODUCES many themes that are important to the whole book: Jesus’ life and ministry, his sufferings as a fact predicted in the Old Testament, the importance of and evidence for the resurrection, the importance and power of the Holy Spirit, the priority of witness, the Great Commission with its scope extending to the ends of the earth, the missionary attitude as opposed to parochialism, the kingdom of God, the importance of truth and of Scripture in the Christian life, the role of the apostles, the ascension and second coming of Christ, and the importance of prayer and fellowship.

4–5; cf. John 3:5–8). He fills individuals with special anointings to face special challenges in witness (Acts 4:8, 31; 6:10; 7:55; 13:9). He gives boldness in witness (4:9–13, 31; 13:9–11) and encourages his people in a way that helps them to grow in numbers (9:31). Just as the Spirit enabled the first Christians to speak in other tongues (2:4), he is the one who gives the words to speak in witness, in keeping with the promise of Christ (Mark 13:11). He directs people to special witnessing situations (10:19) and forbids them to go to some places they want to go (16:6–7).

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